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Thread #71953   Message #1234510
Posted By: darkriver
27-Jul-04 - 01:36 AM
Thread Name: Seeking your knowledge of pianolas!
Subject: What's the scoop on Stuyvesant pianolas?
And, yes, that's 'pianolas' and NOT 'pignolas'. --Player pianos, not pine nuts.

What do you know about the pianos made by Stuyvesant Piano Company of New York? I know that Wheelock & Company (149th Street near Third Avenue in the Bronx) began, about 1886, to manufacture cheaper pianos using the name Stuyvesant Piano Company. (It was also the first piano maker to use modern advertising techniques to sell its product.) The company was later associated with the Aeolian Piano Corporation. Serial Number Dates (years manufactured) were 1895 - 1930.

My son has a chance to buy one in a private-party sale, so I thought I'd turn to you knowledgable folks for the lowdown, the nitty-gritty. If you've had experience playing one of these (or rather, hearing it played), what is your opinion of the sound, etc.?

Thanks.

Doug (darkriver)